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added in API level 26

BasicFileAttributes

public interface BasicFileAttributes

java.nio.file.attribute.BasicFileAttributes


Basic attributes associated with a file in a file system.

Basic file attributes are attributes that are common to many file systems and consist of mandatory and optional file attributes as defined by this interface.

Usage Example:

    Path file = ...
    BasicFileAttributes attrs = Files.readAttributes(file, BasicFileAttributes.class);
 

Summary

Public methods

abstract FileTime creationTime()

Returns the creation time.

abstract Object fileKey()

Returns an object that uniquely identifies the given file, or null if a file key is not available.

abstract boolean isDirectory()

Tells whether the file is a directory.

abstract boolean isOther()

Tells whether the file is something other than a regular file, directory, or symbolic link.

abstract boolean isRegularFile()

Tells whether the file is a regular file with opaque content.

abstract boolean isSymbolicLink()

Tells whether the file is a symbolic link.

abstract FileTime lastAccessTime()

Returns the time of last access.

abstract FileTime lastModifiedTime()

Returns the time of last modification.

abstract long size()

Returns the size of the file (in bytes).

Public methods

creationTime

added in API level 26
public abstract FileTime creationTime ()

Returns the creation time. The creation time is the time that the file was created.

If the file system implementation does not support a time stamp to indicate the time when the file was created then this method returns an implementation specific default value, typically the last-modified-time or a FileTime representing the epoch (1970-01-01T00:00:00Z).

Returns
FileTime a FileTime representing the time the file was created

fileKey

added in API level 26
public abstract Object fileKey ()

Returns an object that uniquely identifies the given file, or null if a file key is not available. On some platforms or file systems it is possible to use an identifier, or a combination of identifiers to uniquely identify a file. Such identifiers are important for operations such as file tree traversal in file systems that support symbolic links or file systems that allow a file to be an entry in more than one directory. On UNIX file systems, for example, the device ID and inode are commonly used for such purposes.

The file key returned by this method can only be guaranteed to be unique if the file system and files remain static. Whether a file system re-uses identifiers after a file is deleted is implementation dependent and therefore unspecified.

File keys returned by this method can be compared for equality and are suitable for use in collections. If the file system and files remain static, and two files are the same with non-null file keys, then their file keys are equal.

Returns
Object an object that uniquely identifies the given file, or null

isDirectory

added in API level 26
public abstract boolean isDirectory ()

Tells whether the file is a directory.

Returns
boolean true if the file is a directory

isOther

added in API level 26
public abstract boolean isOther ()

Tells whether the file is something other than a regular file, directory, or symbolic link.

Returns
boolean true if the file something other than a regular file, directory or symbolic link

isRegularFile

added in API level 26
public abstract boolean isRegularFile ()

Tells whether the file is a regular file with opaque content.

Returns
boolean true if the file is a regular file with opaque content

isSymbolicLink

added in API level 26
public abstract boolean isSymbolicLink ()

Tells whether the file is a symbolic link.

Returns
boolean true if the file is a symbolic link

lastAccessTime

added in API level 26
public abstract FileTime lastAccessTime ()

Returns the time of last access.

If the file system implementation does not support a time stamp to indicate the time of last access then this method returns an implementation specific default value, typically the last-modified-time or a FileTime representing the epoch (1970-01-01T00:00:00Z).

Returns
FileTime a FileTime representing the time of last access

lastModifiedTime

added in API level 26
public abstract FileTime lastModifiedTime ()

Returns the time of last modification.

If the file system implementation does not support a time stamp to indicate the time of last modification then this method returns an implementation specific default value, typically a FileTime representing the epoch (1970-01-01T00:00:00Z).

Returns
FileTime a FileTime representing the time the file was last modified

size

added in API level 26
public abstract long size ()

Returns the size of the file (in bytes). The size may differ from the actual size on the file system due to compression, support for sparse files, or other reasons. The size of files that are not regular files is implementation specific and therefore unspecified.

Returns
long the file size, in bytes